From Merchandise Warehouse to Data Warehouse: 601 W. Polk


Built like a fortress to accommodate the massive weight of the merchandise stored there, the building underwent extensive infrastructure upgrades including decommissioning the existing boilers seen above.

The 107,000 square foot facility was constructed initially by Marshall Fields Company, the Chicago landmark department store that is now a part of Macy’s Department Stores. Beginning a century ago, furniture and other heavy merchandize sold at Fields were warehoused in the facility. Each day, horse drawn wagons would be lifted on the existing freight elevator to be unloaded or loaded with merchandize.

Located close to train terminals merchandize from all over the world made its way to Chicago to be offered for sale at the magnificent State Street department store that was Marshall Fields flagship facility.

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